Congratulations to Garrell Keesler, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with honors !
"I am a wine enthusiast and am particularly passionate about the intersection of food and wine and the ways each complements and changes the experience of the other. For a long time, I’ve been able to taste a wine and create a dish to complement it. With my wine studies, I am working on tasting a dish and pairing the perfect wine with it.
I am not a wine professional, though I am interested in providing wine education.
I have the WSET Advanced Certification and am a Certified Specialist of Wine. I am not currently enrolled in another program but am considering the WSET Diploma, the Certified Wine Educator, or perhaps a Level 1 Sommelier. After completing the French Wine Scholar Program, I not only have a deeper knowledge of the wines of France, I have a more comprehensive foundation for all future wine study.
Knowing the wines of the premier wine country is crucial to comprehensive wine knowledge. Knowing the growing and flavor profiles of classic French grapes on various soil types will provide insight into how these grapes develop in other locations. The FWS has provided a well-organized and methodical way to learn about other regions."